The mystery of love
July 8, 2013
by Pastor Orval Wirkkala, Apostolic Lutheran Church, Kingston

The mystery of the relationship between a man and a woman coming from separate families and therefore, different lives, and being united together in marriage, is profound. Our Creator, from the beginning, has joined man and woman in the marriage covenant and, throughout the ages, it has been understood as being likened unto the relationship that we have with God Himself, through His Son, Jesus Christ.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:7-11

“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” Ephesians 5:31-32

Marriage is a relationship that is founded upon unconditional love, which is designed after the grace that God has extended to us in that He has sought us and bought us for Himself. And in the experience of the marriage relationship, we learn that serving yields a far greater harvest than the expectancy of being served and waited upon.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Lord, may we remember that joys are doubled when they are experienced together, and that burdens and troubles are divided and are easier to carry when they are shared. Help us to support and care for the other, not so much as to complete the other, but to complement the other, and to help the other to discover and to grow into the unique person that you have designed them to be. Help us to love the other as we have been loved by you through your Son. . . .

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